The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have gone a long way to shoring up their defence.
On Monday, the Ticats announced they have re-signed veteran linebacker Simoni Lawrence to a two-year contract and cornerback Delvin Breaux Sr. to a three-year deal.
Getting both players under contract long-term was vitally important, and a win-win for the players and the team.
Lawrence is the emotional leader of Hamilton’s defence, and has backed up his trash talking exploits with all-star calibre play throughout his tenure in Steeltown.
Breaux has created a wasteland in the secondary for the opposition’s top receivers, consistently taking away what is, in many instances, the quarterback’s No. 1 option.
The two will be the backbone of what could be one of the CFL’s top units in 2019 under new defensive co-ordinator Mark Washington.
Money aside, I have no doubt the biggest reason why Lawrence and Breaux are staying with the Ticats is new head coach Orlondo Steinauer.
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Both players enjoyed some of their best performances while Steinauer was the team’s defensive co-ordinator in 2013 and ’14.
Steinauer, entering his first year as a head coach, will be putting his fingerprints all over the team — and having two experienced and talented players that he can depend on the defensive side of the ball is a huge plus.